By Cassandra Carr
Series: Buckin’ Bull Riders, #1
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Release Date: Feb 2012
Length: 53,655 words
Professional bull rider Conner Raub hides a secret from the world. He’s a Dom. When he meets a submissive on tour who pulls at his Dom tendencies, he fights to deny his true self, believing his colleagues will condemn his lifestyle.
Jessica Talbot is new to the BDSM scene and the bull riding tour, but after seeing Conner come to the aid of a submissive being mistreated in a club, she sets out to have him for her own. After their first night together she asks him to train her to submit and he refuses, afraid to mix business with pleasure. But Jessica isn’t deterred. She’ll do whatever it takes to make him realize he can have it all—a career, true love, and the BDSM lifestyle he craves.
This book brings us the story of Conner and Jessica. Conner is a bull rider who enjoys being a Dom but he does not want others to know for fear of what the repercussions could be. Yet when Jessica comes to him wanting to experience more of the lifestyle that she has only dabbled in Conner cannot hold back his reaction to her. Conner fights his attraction to Jessica but soon learns that the heart gets what the heart wants.
While I liked Jessica I had a hard time connecting with Conner. He did not strike my fancy at all. I found him rude and always acting without thinking except when it came to his relationship with Jessica. With that he continued to over think it and deny the strength of their feelings. Everything seemed to revolve around him and what he wanted never what Jessica wanted until the very end when he is in fear of loosing her.
I found some of the BDSM in this story to be a unbelievable for me. Conner is a seasoned Dom while Jessica is brand new and curious. Yet he uses her more than once in the beginning of their relationship to appease himself and does not let her orgasm and tells her she must deal with it if she wants to try the lifestyle. Another thing that bothered me was the spanking scene where it starts with his hand then goes to a paddle and progresses to his belt. That was a bit more than I think Jessica would have been able to take being new to the lifestyle. These are two of the major things that bothered me and had me turned off by this story.
While I did not connect with the main characters I loved Brady and hope that he gets a book of his own. The bond between the two men was great and the easy camaraderie made for a nice read when the story revolved around the two and their friendship.
Reviewed By: Gabrielle